1. Characters
  1. Prolog
  2. Inner Warriors
  3. Set 1
  4. In Hiroshima
  5. Imagine
  6. Spheres of Influence
  7. Moral Amnesia
  8. Nuclear Winter
  9. Only a Hamburger?
  10. Game Over
  11. World Shifts
  12. Nuclear Testing
  13. One Happy Family
  14. Conundrum
  15. Target Point
  16. What Profit?
  17. Islamic Coexistence?
  18. Alt.World
  19. Peacemaking
  20. A Twisted Peace?
  21. Set 2
  22. Research
  23. Pointed Words
  24. Piecesong / Peacesong
  25. Time Out
  26. Dark Threads
  27. So Easy?
  28. Beyond Destruction
  29. $ellout / Sellout?
  30. Pigeon Talk
  31. Force of Reason
  32. Captive Planet
  33. Anyone Listening?
  34. Core Connections
  35. Guillotine
  36. Peace Circles
  37. What If?
  38. Ars Pacifica
  39. Wreath
  40. Weapons Lab
  41. War Shadows
  42. Kore Memory
  43. Slick Designs
  44. Non-Violence
  45. Bomb Construction
  46. Threads of Peace
  47. First Contact
  48. Chain Reaction
  49. Human Beans
  50. Nuclear Testing
  51. Doing Our Jobs?
  52. Nuclear Lullaby
  53. Sacrifice
  54. Namburgers
  55. Set 3
  56. CULTivation
  57. Join the Action
  58. Eco-peace?
  59. War Correspondence
  60. Indifference
  61. Pseudo-Freedom
  62. Post-Nuclear Holocost
  63. 9 Ways to Peace
  64. Careful Now
  65. WW III
  66. Apocalypse
  67. Convictions
  68. Do You Mine?
  69. Soldier in Iraq
  70. It must be Wonder Woman
  71. Last Scene
  72. At the Root of Violence:
    An Interview with Dr. Paxswell
  73. Rejectamenta
  74. Dah most revolutionary thang pussible
  75. Final Meditation

Peace Pieces:

Reflections on Violence and Conflict Resolution

This is a collection of poems, art works, and prose about peace and conflict resolution. In 1996 I sensed the need to write about militarism, propaganda, and prejudice while working on a collection of environmental poetry, art, and dialogs. As many persons have pointed out, violence and environmental degradation are often related. We need to examine violence closely and understand what factors foster both these phenomena and how alternative paths can be learned.

It is more than a coincidence I started these poems when the Bosnian-Serbian conflict in Europe and the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in Africa were fresh in memory. It was also a year that the U.S. spent over 300 billion dollars on its military machine while over 40 thousand died in various armed conflicts around the world.

Peace Pieces investigates militarism and violence and suggests some alternatives to them. At times satiric and perhaps rabid, these works explore the boundaries between polemic, poetry, and trash. Enjoy the lines, but also pause to consider, "What am I actually doing to promote peace?" If the answer is "not much" then it is time to do more.

Updated 23 Jan. 2021 Yokohama, Japan
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